By The Cape Gazette
May 20, 2020
The Bryan Allen Stevenson School of Excellence, scheduled to open in fall 2022, is a Georgetown-based, tuition-free public charter high school focused on service learning.
BASSE representatives are thrilled to announce a $10,000 grant from Delmarva Power – an Exelon company – as the lead corporate gift in the school’s capital campaign. BASSE is partnering with the Richard Allen School Coalition, where BASSE will be housed for its initial years. The Delmarva Power grant is an important foundation of support; BASSE is raising $5 million for the first phase of its campaign.
“We are thrilled to receive this tremendous support and confidence in our vision from Delmarva Power and hope it will encourage others in our community to help lay the foundation of needed support for students,” said Alonna Berry, founder and co-chair of BASSE.
The Richard Allen School holds a unique place in the history of public education in Delaware; the school opened in 1925 to educate local African American children. The coalition was formed to save the school building and grounds for the future to develop as a cultural center. The partnership between BASSE and RASC will establish a location for BASSE within the Richard Allen School in its beginning years and improve the space for the Richard Allen School for future opportunities to advance the mission and goals of both organizations. Delmarva Power is proud to support such a meaningful project.
“At Delmarva Power, our primary focus is on strengthening STEM education. The Bryan Allen Stevenson School of Excellence will help to develop students in Sussex County, Delaware, who will understand their place in the world through a service-learning curriculum. Our future as a company and society depends on educating youth who will inherit the future. We applaud the visionaries of this school and their commitment to encouraging students in Sussex County to learn, explore, and grow,” said John J. Allen Jr., Delmarva region VP, manager of Government and External Affairs. The charitable grants program at Delmarva Power invests thousands of dollars each year in communities it serves to support education, the environment, arts, culture, community, and neighborhood development programs.